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  • Danny Collins:  

    Al Pacino stars in this terrific little movie that didn’t stay long in theatres, and is inspired by a true story.  Pacino is the title character, a ‘70s rocker who had some big hits, but hasn’t written or recorded a song in decades, instead riding on the coattails of his old hits, and now performing them for audiences of increasingly aging fans, mostly women.  It is revealed that a letter had been sent to him by John Lennon praising his work, and offering a meeting.  Collins never saw the letter as it was kept by someone at the record label who then sold it to a collector.  So here it is, years later, and the letter surfaces … and changes Danny’s life.  Annette Bening co-stars in what is a fine little film. Rated 14A.

  • Get Hard:  

    Will Ferrell has made his share of movies that are stinkers, but this one is its own garbage dump.  Hot property Kevin Hart doesn’t fare too well either, in this story of a guy in the financial business who takes the fall for misdeeds at his firm, and is going to the Big House, the House of Many Doors, the Crowbar Hotel, for an extended stay.  He knows he won’t survive prison unless he toughens up, so he asks the only black person he knows, played by Hart, to help get him into shape, assuming that, because he’s black, he’s been in jail.  Not true, and the preparation goes badly.  So does the entire movie.  Not funny, not well-made.  Rated 18A.

  • Last Knights: 

    A remake of 1943’s “47 Ronin,” this knights-and-swords movie features Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen in a period piece that should satisfy all who like a movie with lots of swordplay.  Shot on the cheap in the Czech Republic, and populated with numbers of Asian actors, perhaps to recall the Samurai origins, this one is not a great film from the viewpoint of its scripting or its outcome.  Adequate otherwise. Rated 14A.

  • Adventures in Babysitting (1987):   

    Chris Parker (Elizabeth Shue) takes on a Friday night babysitting job after her date falls through, dealing with four very active kids, and expecting a pretty dull night.  That changes when her friend calls her from the bus depot in downtown Chicago desperately needing help.  Soon Chris is on the road with all the kids, leaving the safety of the suburbs behind, and heading into the heart of a very dangerous city.  Lots of laughs and just a little bit of scary stuff.  Penelope Ann Miller also stars.  Rated 14A.

     

    Can’t Buy Me Love (1987):  

    More than 20 years before he would become Dr. McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey starred in this little gem about a teenage boy, kind of the nerds, who wants so desperately to be “one of the guys,” that he pays a good-looking girl a thousand dollars to be his girlfriend for one month.  He learns, however, that everything has a price, and it’s not always measured in money.  Seth Green and Dennis Dugan also star.  Rated 14A.

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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